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Quaker Works October 2016

A semiannual feature highlighting the recent works of Quaker organizations.

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Anne Parrish: Unsung Friend

The ministries of Quaker women who notably served the Religious Society of Friends have received well鈥恉eserved attention. In most cases, [鈥

Greg Barnes is a member of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting. This article is adapted from text in his forthcoming book on Arch Street Meeting House. His last book was A Biography of Lillian and George Willoughby, 20th-Century Peace Activists.


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Education and Service Projects in Vietnam

The wounds of war do not go away when the fighting stops. Both the physical and emotional wounds persist for [鈥

Marjorie E. Nelson, a member of Athens (Ohio) Meeting, retired at the end of June 2009 after 32 years of teaching medical students at Ohio University. For the past three years she has traveled to Quang Ngai province in Vietnam where she volunteers with Madison Quakers, Inc.


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The Intersection of Faith and Practice

In prayer and silence, this small Scripture was impressed on my heart: 鈥淲hosoever holds on to their life will lose [鈥

Alexie Torres-Fleming is the director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, based in the South Bronx. This article is based on her presentation to the Peace Gathering on January 14.


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Happy Birthday, Mercer Street Friends

Mercer Street Friends (MSF) in Trenton, New Jersey, turned 50 in 2008, a milestone that for people typically marks a [鈥

Andrea Lehman, a freelance writer and editor, is a member of Newtown (Pa.) Meeting.


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The Peace Testimony and Armed Forces Emergency Services

It鈥檚 3:45 am when my pager wakes me. I speak to a man who is quite upset: his sister has [鈥

Staśa Morgan-Appel has been an attender of Central Philadelphia (Pa.) Meeting since 1997 and of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Meeting since 2005. She co-coordinates the Healing Center at Friends General Conference Gatherings; serves as treasurer for Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns; and is active in Pagan Quaker ministry and spiritual nurture ministry.


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Gifts of Eldering

I had planned this year to take a break from FGC Gathering. Polly, my partner of 27 years, couldn鈥檛 come [鈥

Wendy C. Sanford, a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Mass.), is a writer, editor, and longtime co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Her thanks go to Melody Brazo and Polly Attwood for their leadership and support.


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Unpalatable Truths

I thought I knew the costs of war. They had fueled my outrage over the arrogance, the ignorance, and the [鈥

Burton Housman, a veteran of World War II, was sent by his church to help the Japanese rebuild after the war. When he held in his hands evidence of the damage from the aerial bombing he helped cause, he resolved to become a part of a church that sought alternatives to violence. He has been a Friend for 50 years in four yearly meetings. He is now a member of La Jolla (Calif.) Meeting and serves on the Discipline Committee of Pacific Yearly Meeting.


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Questions to Ask Military Recruiters and Yourself

Have you, a friend, or a family member ever wondered if the military was the best option for a job [鈥

Don Lathrop is a longtime attender of Old Chatham (N.Y.) Meeting.


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Threshold Choirs

Five years ago, after attending a workshop by Richard Lee on Meetings for Healing, I started a Meeting for Healing [鈥

Melody Johnson, a member of Ithaca (N.Y.) Meeting, is a retired teacher and for 17 years has been a volunteer mediator at her local Community Dispute Resolution Center.


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